Meet Our Team
Elizabeth Bloom, M.D.
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Dr. Bloom received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill., through the Honors Program in Medical Education, completing her undergraduate and medical school in six years. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at MD Anderson and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. After serving as a radiation oncologist with the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Bloom returned to MD Anderson in 1999 to lead the institutions first radiation treatment center in Bellaire. Since May 2011, she has been part of the multidisciplinary team at the Katy Regional Care Center, where she treats all adult cancers with radiation therapy.
Dr. Bloom has a wide experience in treating various adult tumors, including gyn, brain, lung, esophagus, GI and head and neck cancers. She has extensive experience in breast radiotherapy and in particular, has been a leader at MD Anderson in the evaluation of accelerated partial breast irradiation for early stage breast cancer. She was chosen by her peers as one the Best Doctors in America in radiation oncology and breast cancer. She serves as a quality assurance reviewer for breast cancer care for MD Anderson Physician Network and its affiliates. Dr. Bloom holds an academic appointment of Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson.
Catherine Akay, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
Dr. Akay received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her general surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and her breast surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. During her training, she also completed a surgical oncology research fellowship and she continues to do research in the field of breast cancer. Among many other honors, Dr. Akay has been awarded the Corynne S. Uhl Award for Compassion and Excellent Care. She is committed to providing the highest quality multidisciplinary care in the treatment of her breast cancer patients. She is experienced in the use of minimally invasive techniques such as sentinel lymph node biopsy and accelerated partial-breast irradiation.
Michael Bevers, M.D.
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Bevers is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. He has been with MD Anderson since his fellowship in 1994. He has been a Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology since 1996, and director of the Gynecologic Oncology Outreach Program since 2008.
Dr. Bevers was appointed Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Outreach Program in 2001 for St. Luke’s Gynecologic Oncology Outreach Pilot. This program, which established outreach relationships between MD Anderson and six other hospitals in the community, greatly expanded diagnostic and treatment options for patients with gynecologic cancers. He is recognized locally for his expertise in mentoring and educating young physicians and treatment of gynecologic cancers at several institutions in the Houston area.
Dr. Bevers was honored for his educational work with the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2003 with the MD Anderson Outstanding Educator Award and the Baylor College of Medicine Gynecologic Exceptional Teaching Award. Furthermore, he has been on the Best Doctors in America list every year since 2003, was named to the America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists list in 2004, and was named a Texas Super-Doc from 2004 to present. He has published numerous articles in respected journals, abstracts, and book chapters on an array of topics pertaining to gynecologic cancer.
Jennifer Burzawa, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Burzawa received her medical degree from the University of Miami, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Burzawa completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has received numerous awards and honors in her career, and has published peer-reviewed articles on a variety of gynecologic-related topics. Dr. Burzawa believes that she has the unique opportunity to guide patients through all aspects of their care, from diagnosis, to surgery and treatment. She values the special bond that forms between a patient and their physician in this field of medicine.
Sherise Ferguson, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Dr. Ferguson earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago. During her residency, she completed an NIH sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship in neuro-oncology and an enfolded fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Ferguson is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurology and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Consultant to the Emergency Department at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Her clinical interests include primary and metastatic brain tumors, pituitary tumors, primary and metastatic spinal tumors.
Victor Hassid, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery
Dr. Hassid earned his medical degree at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as chief surgical resident. Dr. Hassid completed a second residency in plastic surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he also served as chief plastic surgery resident. Following his residencies, Dr. Hassid completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then joined the faculty at MD Anderson in the Department of Plastic Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Hassid's training consisted of learning highly advanced techniques and he has a special interest in oncological reconstruction and functional and aesthetically pleasing restoration of body and face. Additional Languages Spoken: French, Spanish and Greek.
John Papadopoulos, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Urologic Oncology
Dr. Papadopoulos is a fellowship trained urologic oncologist and certified urologist by the American Board of Urology. He completed his medical degree at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine and then went on to complete an internship in general surgery and residency training in urology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 2007, he came to MD Anderson where he completed two years of fellowship training in urologic oncology and robotic surgery. Dr. Papadopoulos is a collaborator in multiple clinical trials involving high risk prostate cancer as well as active surveillance for low risk prostate cancer. He is currently the director of urologic oncology at the MD Anderson Regional Care Centers in Katy and Sugar Land where he treats patients with bladder, prostate and kidney cancer.
Kristen Pytynia, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Dr. Pytynia received her medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, and completed her Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Pytynia earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health and completed her fellowship in Head and neck Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has conducted extensive research in head and neck cancer, publishing more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her career has been heavily influenced by family members and close friends who have suffered from, and been a caretaker for, chronic illnesses, who have helped shape her approach to a patient-physician relationship. Dr. Pytynia has moved back to Texas after eight years of academic practice in Chicago, Illinois, where she strengthened her skills and educated both her patients and her medical students. Her clinical interests include head and neck cancer, salivary gland tumors, skin cancer, thyroid and parathyroid tumors.
Boris Sepesi, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Oncology
Dr. Sepesi was born in former Czechoslovakia and earned his medical degree from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He completed internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where he also spent a year as a research fellow in thoracic surgery. He then completed a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he mainly focused on the treatment and multidisciplinary management of patients with complex thoracic oncological diagnoses. At MD Anderson, he has also served as chief administrative resident. Dr. Sepesi is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Jessica Suarez, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
Dr. Suarez received her medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She specializes in diseases of the breast, both benign and malignant. Dr. Suarez completed her general surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a breast surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson. She earned a Masters in Public Health degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health. She Suarez holds an academic appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson.
Languages spoken: Spanish
Mark Zafereo, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Dr. Zafereo specializes in treating tumors and cancers of the head and neck. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at MD Anderson. Dr. Zafereo is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests include head and neck cancer, salivary gland tumors, melanoma, thyroid and parathyroid.
Nikesh Jasani, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Oncology
Dr. Jasani received his medical degree from St. George’s University in St. George’s, Grenada. He completed both his internal medicine training and his medical oncology training with the University of Florida at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Jasani’s clinical and research interests span a broad range of solid and hematologic malignancies including breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancers. He is committed to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care to his patients.
Sunil Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Oncology
Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh. He completed his internal medicine training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and did both his medical oncology and hematology training at MD Anderson. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Patel’s clinical interests include a number of solid and hematologic malignancies, with a particular interest in breast cancer, lung cancer and melanoma. He strives to improve access to clinical trials for patients seen in the community setting.
Rachel Theriault, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Oncology
Dr. Theriault received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She completed internal medicine training and served as chief medical resident at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed both her medical oncology and hematology training at MD Anderson where she served as a chief fellow. She is board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Theriault’s clinical interests include a number of solid and hematologic malignancies with particular interests in breast cancer, lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. She holds an academic appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of General Oncology at MD Anderson. She is committed to providing compassionate and individualized multidisciplinary cancer care to all of her patients.
Gregory Chronowski, M.D.
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Dr. Chronowski received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at MD Anderson and is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. After spending a short period of time following residency in private practice in Naperville, Ill., Dr. Chronowski returned to MD Anderson in 2005 and joined the faculty, treating head and neck cancers with the multidisciplinary team in the Texas Medical Center.
Since 2007, he has been medical director of MD Anderson’s Radiation Treatment Center in Katy. Despite his former interest in the treatment of head and neck cancers, Dr. Chronowski has a broad background in treating all adult cancers with radiation therapy, including cancers of the breast, brain, lung, esophagus and GI tract. He has extensive experience using intensity-modulated radiation therapy to treat selected tumors, and also has expertise in the administration of partial breast irradiation using brachytherapy. He actively participates in the multidisciplinary tumor board held on the campus of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, where he also serves on the Medical Executive Committee while maintaining close ties with his colleagues at MD Anderson’s main campus in the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Chronowski holds an academic appointment as associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson.
Additional languages spoken: Polish
Brian Bruel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine
Dr. Bruel earned his medical degree at the University of East in the Philippines in 2001. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2006 and served as chief resident. Following his residency, Dr. Bruel completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then joined the faculty at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas prior to returning to MD Anderson. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Bruel earned an MBA from Texas Womens University and a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and board certified in Pain Medicine through the American Board of Medical Specialties.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Pain Society and is active locally with the Harris County Medical Society, serving on the board of socioeconomics. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Texas Medical Association Leadership College in 2011. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has presented abstracts and courses both nationally and internationally and has active research protocols at MD Anderson. He has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America and Texas Monthly Rising Stars in Medicine. His research interests include pain in the cancer survivor, catastrophic injury and neuromodulation.
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